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July 2018 New publication: Francesco Mannella, Vieri G. Santucci, Eszter Somogyi, Lisa Jacquey, Kevin J. O’Regan and Gianluca Baldassarre, “Know Your Body Through Intrinsic Goals”

The first “object” that newborn children play with is their own body. This activity allows them to autonomously form a sensorimotor map of their own body and a repertoire of actions supporting future cognitive and motor development. Here we propose … Continue reading

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June 2018 New publication: Alban Laflaquière, J.Kevin O’Regan, Bruno Gas & Alexander Terekhov, “Discovering space — Grounding spatial topology and metric regularity in a naive agent’s sensorimotor experience”

In line with the sensorimotor contingency theory, we investigate the problem of the perception of space from a fundamental sensorimotor perspective. Despite its pervasive nature in our perception of the world, the origin of the concept of space remains largely … Continue reading

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May 2018 New publication: Rizza A, Terekhov AV, Montone G, Olivetti-Belardinelli M and O’Regan JK, “Why early tactile speech aids may have failed: no perceptual integration of tactile and auditory signals”

Tactile speech aids, though extensively studied in the 1980’s and 1990’s, never became a commercial success. A hypothesis to explain this failure might be that it is difficult to obtain true perceptual integration of a tactile signal with information from … Continue reading

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May 2018 New publication: Jaqueline Fagard, Rana Esseily, Lisa Jacquey, Kevin O’Regan & Eszter Somogyi “Fetal Origin of Sensorimotor Behavior”

The aim of this article is to track the fetal origin of infants’ sensorimotor behavior. We consider development as the self-organizing emergence of complex forms from spontaneously generated activity, governed by the innate capacity to detect and memorize the consequences … Continue reading

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March 2018 New publication: Steve Torrance & Frank Schumann “The spur of the moment: what jazz improvisation tells cognitive science”

Improvisation is ubiquitous in life. It deserves, we suggest, to occupy a more central role in cognitive science. In the current paper, we take the case of jazz improvisation as a rich model domain from which to explore the nature … Continue reading

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Future directions meeting: sensorimotor contingencies & body knowledge, Monday & Tuesday March 26 & 27th, 2018

In this meeting, we aim to clarify the concepts that underlie current approaches to understanding how human body knowledge develops from birth onwards, with a focus on what we call the “sensorimotor approach” – the idea that body knowledge must … Continue reading

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Dec 2017 New publication : Witzel, C., The dress and individual differences in the perception of surface properties

This study investigates systematic individual differences in the way observers perceive different kinds of surface properties and their relationship to the dress, which shows striking individual differences in colour perception. We tested whether these individual differences have a common source, … Continue reading

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Dec 2017 New publication : Somogyi et al., Which limb is it? Responses to vibrotactile stimulation in early infancy

This study focuses on how the body schema develops during the first months of life, by investigating infants’ motor responses to localized vibrotactile stimulation on their limbs. Vibrotactile stimulation was provided by small buzzers that were attached to the infants’ … Continue reading

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Jan 2017 New publication : Silverman, D., Sensorimotor Theory and the Problems of Consciousness

in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 24, Numbers 7-8, 2017, pp. 189-216(28) The sensorimotor theory is an influential account of perception and phenomenal qualities that builds, in an empirically supported way, on the basic claim that conscious experience is best … Continue reading

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Feb 2016, New paper on a magnetic sixth sense in Nature Scientific Reports: The hearSpace smartphone app transforms human experience of space.

We developed a novel sensory augmentation device, the hearSpace app, which allows users to reliably hear the direction of magnetic North as a stable sound object in external space using a headphone. Short training with this magnetic-auditory augmentation signal leads … Continue reading

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